It’s 2011 and nothing in our world resembles what past generations thought the future would look like, no Jetson-like hover crafts or robots that clean and talk back. That’s disappointing, but it seems like we might be headed in that direction with the creation of a floating bed by Janjaap Ruijssenaars. The Dutch architect was inspired by Stanley Kubrick’s film 2001: A Space Odyssey to create a bed that virtually defies gravity. He teamed up with Bakker Magnetics to use opposing industrial-strength magnets to make the bed float.
It premiered at the aptly named Millionaire Fair in Belgium in 2006 and a round version was created this year. It had some recent mainstream exposure in the remake of the 1981 film “Arthur." The only part of the bed that touches the ground are the four thin cables that attach to keep it from sliding off of the magnetic force field.The bed sits about 16 inches off of the ground and can hold 1,984 pounds. And because this question will be brought up, as long as they don't fall underneath the bed, where the magnetic field is, credit cards and electronics are not affected.
Credit: Universe Architecture